Intel CPU Bug Gives Hackers Access To All Your Devices
Google announced a newly discovered security vulnerability which was first only thought to be linked to most computers. However, under further investigation this bug is actually a threat to smartphones and tablets as well putting us all at risk.
Reports began circulating Wednesday about this mysterious hardware issue that could cause sensitive data, including user passwords, to become accessible to hackers.
To add insult to injury, they also warned consumers that the software fix to remedy this situation could possibly slow down your computers, but at this point in time it is unclear how true that inference may be or to what extent.
The flaws, named Meltdown and Spectre, affects most modern day CPU chips made by manufacturers such as Intel, AMD and ARM. Hackers can trick even error free systems into giving up all your sensitive information.
Intel and ARM insisted that the issue was not a design flaw, although it will require users to download a patch and update their operating system to fix.
In a statement from Intel, they attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers "do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.'' Intel also said a performance hit from a future software update "should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.''
AMD said it believes the issues pose zero or "near-zero risk'' to consumers while "negligible performance impact'' is expected from a software fix.
Users of the Linux operating system can already download an update while Microsoft is gradually pushing out fixes for Windows users. Apple has yet to comment on plans to update its operating systems.
Google says Android devices with the latest security update installed are already protected, while users of the Chrome web browser and Chromebook computers may need to download an update.
Just another hiccup in our evolution of technology. Got to make you wonder sometimes how much more we don't know about.